by Rob Cox May 09, 2014
Most pool owners don't get too excited about water testing, but if you are that rare breed of pool owner, or a pool service guy who likes to geek out on pool chemistry, this post is for you.
Duo test kits and test strips? Naah - kids' stuff. You want a real test kit, for accurate readings. The kind that the county health inspector or pool service people use.
For pools mandated to be balanced, the pool guy on the route, or the home pool chemist, here's the tools (test kits) that the pros use!
Taylor test kits for pools have been around since the late sixties, but the company has been around since 1930.They are the standard in the industry, and have a wide range of testing products across dozens of industries, not just pool and spa test kits. Here's a selection of good Taylor test kits for home or professional use.
The Taylor K2105 has all the tests of the one below, but costs $20 less. It's a low-range test kit, testing chlorine only up to 2.5ppm. A smaller range allows for more discernment of small color changes within the comparator. The pH testing range is also limited, measuring 7.0-8.0.
This is the full battery of tests for any pool or spa. The K2005 test kit has 3/4 oz bottles, K2005C is the same kit, with 2 oz bottles. With either one, you can be sure that your pool water will be balanced, with accurate titration testing.
The Taylor FAS-DPD K2006 uses a titration test for chlorine, where you count the drops used, instead of relying on a visual color comparison. Provides precision measurement of Free and Total chlorine, to allow for a more accurate combined chlorine test. K2006C uses 2 oz reagent bottles.
LaMotte is one of the oldest water test kit companies in America, when Frank LaMotte decided to open up shop near Baltimore, Md to produce a specialized pH reagent. By 1930 they had their first print catalog. LaMotte company is still led by the LaMotte family, and serves a broad spectrum of industry testing needs. Here's a selection of good, better, best test kits by LaMotte.
The ColorQ-7 uses just 5 drops per test, and it does the rest. The photometer 'reads' the water, and displays the reading on its digital display. It has 144 tests with included reagents (50 for calcium and cyanuric acid test). Zipper soft case.
The ColorQ-7 Plus uses just 5 drops per test, and it does the rest. The photometer 'reads' the water, and displays the reading on its digital display. It has 288 tests with included reagents (100 for cyanuric acid test). Clip plastic case.
The ColorQ-11 uses just 5 drops per test, and it does the rest. The photometer 'reads' the water, and displays the reading on it's digital display. It has 100 tests with included reagents (144 for Biguanide test). Rugged suitcase style plastic case.
Test with Accuracy, my friends!